Adding Diversity by Adapting Coursebook Material

Traditional coursebooks don’t work well for online teaching without tweaks. I know that some online teachers simply share their screen and show pages from coursebooks, but that’s something I almost never do, for the following reasons: ~ I like to have control over when learners view activities, rather than have them see an entire page … More Adding Diversity by Adapting Coursebook Material

Snapshots from online lessons

I’ve now been teaching and training online solidly for nine months, and have spent hundreds of hours planning and delivering lessons on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard Collaborate. I love developing materials, and coming up with (hopefully) engaging activities. Here, I’ll share snapshots from sessions I’ve taught, with a brief explanation for each. CPE lesson … More Snapshots from online lessons

An Experimental Google Jamboard for Teaching English

I’ve read a lot about Jamboard, but only recently got around to using it with students and trainee teachers. I’m very much someone who learns by doing, rather than reading. With that in mind, I’ve created an experimental Jamboard with five “frames” (slides) so others can have a play with it. Please go to the … More An Experimental Google Jamboard for Teaching English

Isolation Planning – a lesson to review quantifiers

Imagine you had to isolate in a bungalow with one of your students for a month. What would you need to survive, entertain yourselves, stay fit, and keep learning? This is an activity I used recently with two higher level learners. I’m happy to say that my French student conformed to stereotype and decided that … More Isolation Planning – a lesson to review quantifiers

Talking about cultural differences – a materials light, communicative lesson for higher level learners

This is a lesson I used as a last minute lesson with an upper intermediate group recently. It’s materials and preparation light, and relies on student input. I used it with a monolingual group of students from Saudi Arabia studying in the UK, so they were able to compare and contrast their own culture with … More Talking about cultural differences – a materials light, communicative lesson for higher level learners